The Heart of What We Do
The Ontario Society of Psychotherapists (OSP) was created in the early 1990s to provide protection for both our members and the general public by handling complaints and discipline with respect to psychotherapy. With the advent of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) in 2015, the role of protecting the public interest has shifted to the College, allowing us to focus on our members and the heart of what we do.
In 2018, we changed our name to Ontario Society of Registered Psychotherapists (OSRP) in order to reflect the reality of regulation of psychotherapists in Ontario.
Our Core Values
Our circle process was originally adopted as an alternative dispute resolution process for ethical complaints. Although CRPO is now responsible for this, the circle process is a consensus-based way to access the wisdom in the membership. This process and the wisdom derived from it can be used to build our knowledge base and raise the bar on the quality of psychotherapy in Ontario.
OSRP is staffed by a professional association management firm committed to serving members in a courteous and professional manner. OSRP and its management firm are committed to protecting the privacy of its members.
What is personal information?
For the purposes of the privacy legislation, Bill C6, “personal information” is defined as any information that can be used to distinguish, identify or contact a specific individual. This information can include an individual’s opinions or beliefs (e.g., religion or political affiliation), as well as facts about, or related to, the individual.
There are exceptions: business contact information and certain publicly available information — such as names, addresses and telephone numbers (as published in telephone directories) — are not considered to be personal information. Where an individual uses his or her home contact information as business contact information, the contact information provided is regarded as business contact information and is not subject to protection as personal information.
Protecting Your Personal Information
Certain processes exist where we may collect personal information such as application forms, membership renewals and event registrations. OSRP collects no personal information about you unless you choose to provide that information to us. Any personally identifiable data is stored securely and used only for the purpose for which it is provided to us.
The information you provide to OSRP allows the association to fulfil your benefits of membership and inform you about association programs and initiatives. By becoming a member, you are giving OSRP permission to contact you by way of the information you provide.
OSRP may share aggregate data about the composition of our membership but not individual data. This information is used to better understand the association’s membership.
The operating system for the OSRP website (www.psychotherapyontario.org) may automatically record some general information about your visit, such as:
- The Internet domain for your Internet service provider such as “company.com” or “service.ca” and the IP address of the computer accessing the website, such as “ppp-55”;
- The type of browser (such as “Firefox version x” or “Chrome version x”) you are using;
- The type of operating system you are using (such as Macintosh, Unix, or Windows);
- The date and time you visit our site and the web pages that you visit on our site, along with the address of the previous website you were visiting, if you linked to us from another website.
- If you are logged into this site, your user name may be recorded along with the date and time of your visit, which pages you viewed, etc.
OSRP uses this information for statistical analysis, to help us make our site more useful to visitors. We may disclose this information — in aggregate only — to third parties such as sponsors, clients or advertisers and/or use it for auditing purposes.
The OSRP website may use “cookies” that identify you as a return visitor. A cookie is a piece of data that a website can send to your browser, which may then store the cookie on your hard drive. So, when you come back to visit OSRP’s website, information can be tailored to suit your individual preferences. The goal is to save you time and provide you with a more meaningful visit and to measure website activity. Browsers such as Firefox allow you to disable cookie collection if you wish, or inform you when a cookie is being stored on your hard drive.
Ontario Society of Registered Psychotherapists
189 Queen Street East, Suite 1
Toronto, ON M5A 1S2